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Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI)

You’re getting involved, we’re guiding you to the next level.
Students share information about clubs at the annual activities fair.

What We Do

We’re a hub for student organizations on campus. Our mission is to develop ethical, articulate, and effective leaders by helping you build leadership skills through communication, budget management, delegation, and coordination of event and group logistics.

We’re here to advise you — student leaders and groups — as you plan your educational and social events throughout the course of the year. We also facilitate collaboration between you and other groups on campus to provide you with opportunities to develop your leadership skills and learn more about yourself and others.

Clubs, Activities, and Events

  • Learn more about our clubs and organizations, or find a club to join at Get Involved.
  • See events around campus on the campus calendar.
Students enjoy events, like this game night, hosted by student organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Leaders of Student Organizations:
I was just elected/chosen as the leader of my group. Where do I start?
First, make sure you have created a personal profile on Get Involved. Then, make sure you are listed as the Primary Contact for your group. Contact your CLSI adviser to make this change, so that they can get to know you and you can begin updating your organization roster and profile. Only listed officers can make changes to a group page.
My organization has an e-mail account; how do I access it?
To access an organizational e-mail address, the leader of the group must contact ITS to obtain login information. First, make sure you are listed as the Primary Contact on your Get Involved roster (ask your CLSI adviser if you cannot make this change yourself), and then contact ITS by:

Phone: 315-228-7111 (choose option 3 at the menu)
Visit: IT Service Desk  (3rd floor Case-Geyer Library)
How does my group get funding?
Most of our student organizations get funding for events, programs, and supplies by submitting proposals to the Budget Allocation Committee (BAC), a group of students selected to monitor the distribution of Student Activity Fee funds. Your CLSI adviser can help you work through this process, and proposals must be approved by an adviser before they can be submitted to the BAC. See the BAC Proposal Guide or the BAC Video Tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
What are my responsibilities as leader of a student group?
Some responsibilities vary from group to group, but as a leader of and SGA club/organization, you must keep your group roster on Get Involved up-to-date. You must also ensure that your group's current Constitution is included on your organization's profile, and you are responsible for making sure your group adheres to all BAC bylaws. Finally, you must attend the monthly Leaders Meetings to get updates from the SGA Liaison and CLSI staff and share news with other student leaders. Failure to uphold these essential responsibilities will lead to a sanction (inability to apply for BAC funding) for your entire group.
How do I reserve a room on campus for my group's event?
Colgate uses an online Event Management System (EMS) for reserving spaces on campus. If you are a new group leader, contact your CLSI adviser to be added as a user to EMS. Some spaces (including Donovan's Pub and some rooms in Case-Geyer Library) cannot be reserved via EMS, and you must contact the authorized scheduler to make a reservation.

For students who want to get involved:
What groups currently exist on campus?
There are literally hundreds of ways to be active here at Colgate! Visit Get Involved to check out all the organizations on campus. Each group has a profile to give you a description of their mission, as well as a roster with contact information so you can get started right away!
I have an idea for a student group that does not currently exist at Colgate.  How can I start a new club?Visit the How to Start A Club page for information on the steps required for starting a new student organization, and to download the necessary forms to get you started.

Contact Our Staff

13 Oak Drive
O’Connor Campus Center
Hamilton, NY 13346

Phone: 315-228-6843


Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Drew Harris

Drew Harris '06

Denise Upton

Denise Upton

Office Manager


Brett Heller

Program Coordinator
Kayla Weinstein

Kayla Weinstein '15

Program Coordinator


Edie MacPherson

Program Coordinator